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Bridport Hat Festival

23 August 2019

Saturday 7th September 2019

Each year thousands of revellers don their favourite hat and flock to Bridport's Bucky Doo square for a fun filled day of hat celebrations. This weird and wonderful annual event aims to raise much needed funds for a range of head related charities and promises a great day out for the whole family.

Best Hat Competition

Now in its 10th year, the Bridport Hat Festival takes over the small market town and creates a wonderful party atmosphere for all ages to enjoy. Both locals and visitors wear an array of colourful and quirky hats, with a range of elaborate home made masterpieces on show. A team of discerning judges take to the streets to scrutinise entries and shortlist their favourites for the award ceremony. Prizes are awarded for a range of categories, including best male, female, child, couple and group! There's even a prize for 'best hatted dog' and the 'most elegant ensemble'!

children at bridport hat festival Photo Credit: Gerrald Girls, Flickr

Music, food and drink

Over the course of the day there are a number of activities on offer, including craft workshops, informative talks, face painting, hat hurling and a popular hat auction. There's also a programme of live music taking place throughout the day and into the evening at Millennium Green, with live performances from local folk and jazz bands. In the afternoon the whole town congregates in Bucky Doo square for the traditional mass hat photo.

live music at bridport had festival Photo credit: Shawn Spencer-Smith, Flickr

The weekly market takes place in south street offering visitors the chance to purchase a range of home baked goods, artisan produce and vintage wears. There's also hat trade stalls and delicious food and drinks vendors to treat yourself throughout the festival.

Getting there

The acclaimed Bridport Hat Festival is only 20 minutes by car from our Charmouth Holiday Park. If you don't fancy driving there's also a regular bus service into the town centre.

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